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>> awesome. six months since the storm sandy struck northeast. >> the video taken above one of the hardest hit areas shows the recovery process is slow and agonizing one. abc's lana zach has the update. good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning, john, diana. the disaster unleashed by sandy was a rare mix of a hurricane and two cold weather systems. and the terrible damage is still being felt by so many along the east coast. the scars of sandy are still raw. even half a year later tens of thousand remain homeless after the october superstorm ripped apart the shoreline destroying homes and taking 72 lives. these image tuesday over the rockaways in new york city. the little squares, foundations. all that is left of so many homes. and on staten island, the regret is palpable. >> my neighbor drowned in his basement. i'm taking it day by day. my head is still spinning from everything that happened here. >> reporter: a new pilot program in that part of new york city
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will give affected homeowners 105% of presandy property value to relocate on staten island, when rebuilding ties difficult. elsewhere the recovery grinds on. >> every little thing we do here is an obstacle. there is always something that pops up. and makes it more difficult to recover. >> reporter: chris christie and hud secretary sean donovan to announce $1.8 billion in federal aid is now on its way to new jersey. >> this is no longer a job for me, it is now a mission. on october 30th, 20120, this converted to me from a great job to a sacred mission. >> reporter: christie made headlines saying president obama kept every promise he made regarding sandy. a sentiment not shared by everyone. but slowly there are some signs of progress. in seaside heights, their iconic boardwalk is under repair a month before the memorial day holiday. while visible in the ocean, this roller coaster waits. damage from sandy was
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substantial, $50 billion, john, diana, places it second only to hurricane katrina. >> remarkable. six months ago. and one day. i was sitting in the dark. i live on the jersey shore. had the fireplace on. it was freezing. everybody was just sort of stunned. it really is amazing. because, you know, just seven miles inland where i am. you lost trees, power. but life went on. it is back to normal. but on the shore communities, the boardwalks, storefronts their homes. they're gone. >> decimated. everybody who lives in the part of the country has aster to tell on the day and days after that. we were in a hotel the we also lost our power. but there is no telling the suffering that those people went through. their houses were lifted off their foundations and moved and shifted blocks away some of them. 150 people died in this. still parts of, this part of the country are, are uninhabitable. >> the season on the shore. and people like myself will start going to the beach. folks who live seven miles away going to go a little bit towards
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the shore and say, wow. this is the first time i am seeing it. >> a lot of shore communities want the word out. we are rebuilding. try to get business. come, come to us. we will make sure you have a somewhat good experience the we will. we will be there this summer. >> help on the way for thousand struggling to recover from record floods swamping illinois. team from fema are descending on chicago to assess the damage. rising floodwaters, ravaged hundreds of homes. the first step in getting property owners much needed federal assistance. your tuesday weather -- no break for the midwest. severe storms, kansas city, to green bay. scattered showers, thunderstorms, miami to d.c. from houston to the gulf coast. rain and mountain snow. >> 50s in the north west. 70s, 80s, middle of the country. 60s, boston to baltimore. 80s across the south. >> now, last week we showed you singer michael buble performing in a new york city subway station. a unique sort of commute that is making this our "favorite story
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of the day." the stars this time are a gaggle of geese. the commute on the famous double-decker buss they got off. and the very attentive sheepdog. >> they all made their way across the river. >> that is great. >> and other commuters the entire way. after quite a waddle. they arrived at an office building. the whole thing was a pr stunt. by the way, organized by the building's marketing director. meant to be a celebration of spring. >> it worked. here they are. on the american national tv. >> okay. >> get a load of the dog keeping them in line. >> wouldn't beep surprised if -- be surprised if he is a border collie. border collie, incredible. they want to corral everything including their owners. ha-ha. >> they do. great athletes too. >> they are. >> just cute. >> cute, talking about the dog instead of the geese. we are two dog lovers. what are you going to do? coming up. one of hollywood's hottest
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actors, cutting his food spending to the bone. no line here. >> why jason collins decided now to tell the world about his sexuality, what this means to the nba, professional sports, and games and lesbians worldwide. >> demanding a better deal on college aid and tuition, how negotiations helped a freshman attend the college of his dreams. you are watching "world news now." ♪ for the life of me ♪ i cannot remember >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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sport to admit he is gay while actively playing. >> abc's amy robach reporting on the revelation and another former pro athlete watching it very closely. >> reporter: the nba veteran shocked the sports world announcing he is gay. a bombshell first revealed in the pages of "sports illustrated" and in an exclusive interview with abc's stephanopoulos for "good morning america." >> i never set out to be the first. and it's -- obviously you are sort of waiting around for somebody else to, you know, raise their hand, and you know, i am ready to raise my hand. but you know you still look around like "okay, come on, guys." >> reporter: the revelation makes collins the first active@let to come out in a testosterone charged world of professional sports. robbie rodgers knows what it is look to live in that world. >> a stereotype you are supposed to be this manley guy that, making tackles, beating up on other guys. >> reporter: robbie rodgers has
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played on soccer fields around the world. college ball. major leagues. the olympics. he was even good enough to go professional in england. you knew around theage of 10? >> i knew i was different. i think i knew i was gay when i was 14. >> reporter: did you hear gay slurs in the locker room? >> all the time. i heard game slurs hanging out with my friend in high school. everywhere. that's what scars you. >> reporter: what gave you the strength to say, i can't do this anymore? >> i was raised to be a voice, to be myself, to be unique, not to follow a pack. >> reporter: so beginning last fall, robbie started coming out. first to his conservative catholic family back in california. for most 25-year-olds the drama of coming out might end there. but robbie had another family to tell. >> guys on your team are your best friends, your brother, you battle in the game, work hard. train for each other. if you are not the same as them
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you're an outcast. >> reporter: what do you hope can change based on your announcement. right now if you go back and play, you would be the only openly gay soccer player. >> gay athletes are athletes. if i go back to soccer, i want to go back as robbie, a soccer player. i don't want to go back as this gay athlete. i love the sport. and i love being an athlete. i just want to be that simple. >> reporter: amy robach in new york. >> nike said it best. it is a level playing field out there. doesn't matter what the sexuality of the athlete is. that's what he is trying to say as well. if he goes back. he wants to go back as an athlete have his sexuality have nothing to do. >> doesn't want that to define him. wants to be defined by his play on the field. >> we get the sense this is going to start happening more and more. >> i think so. like, the crack in the dam, just going to go. yeah, i think a lot of professional athletes are going to come out soon. >> if they're out there. >> you never know. >> we'll watch. >> we'll be back.
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♪ i can't believe we'd ever die for these sins ♪ ♪ we were merely freshmen price of a college education has outstripped inflation. over 30 years tuition and fees have soared 570%. >> that is incredible. parents are squeezed to help pay some of the fees. and students are graduating deep in debt. abc's paula faris found some expert money saving advice for one family. >> reporter: tyler got into his dream school. ithaca college in upstate new york. he has taken tours, amrpplied a has his heart set. tyler wants to study broadcasting at ithaca's famous communication school and wrestle. but the family is wrestling with the price of tuition. more than $50,000 a year.
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tyler was is nesoffered $21,000 financial aid. for the family who own the small auto repair shop unless they can get additional assistance he can't go to the school of his dreams. enter college tuition expert kal chany. he said families mitt out on millions every year because they don't know how to navigate the system. thing of colleges as businesses. you have more leverage than you think you do. but you have to ask for it. >> the first aid package you get isn't necessarily the final offer. >> reporter: tip one. you can appeal that first financial aid package. did you know you could appeal? >> no, i did not. >> reporter: tip two. use this phrase to start your appeal letter to the college. >> i am sending this letter to request reconsideration aid that was offered to your son. >> reporter: spell out exactly why you deserve more aid. >> be polite, cordial.
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not jerry mcguire, show me the money. >> recheck your forms. tiny mistakes cost big money. they overstated their income. a common mistake and had not taken advantage of credits to families with multiple children in college. a common miss. not long after we visited the family an e-mail from ithaca. answering their appeal. >> opening it now. we went down to $23,254. >> tyler, you get to go to your dream school? >> yes. >> reporter: with the appeal and tax credit $7,000 a year. saving them nearly $30,000 over his four year education. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> unbelievable. 529 fund. got a baby. >> if you have a kid. wait to do it. save a little money. >> it grows. we'll be right back. >> yeah.
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and finally this half-hour, some of the biggest names in entertainment are cutback what they eat. >> it has the nothing to do with losing weight. they agreed to spend just $1.50 a day for food. that's it. and it is all to benefit a very good cause. hollywood's hottest director ben affleck reportedly has a net worth of $65 million. but the academy award winner and father of three is going to take on a financial challenge living on a food budget of less than $2 per day in the game of charity. tweeting, 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.50.
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i'm joining live below the line on behalf of eastern congo, will you. the latest star to raise awareness for those living in poverty through global poverty projects, live below the line campaign, joining josh groban, sophia bush, and hugh jackman kicked off the campaign. >> live below the line so others can rise above it. a five day challenge of living on $1.50. >> reporter: it may not be as easy as you think. these days $1.50 will get you a small coffee, can of kidney beans or small bag of chips. keep in mind $1.50 has to sustain you for three meals. >> when you are forced to think how i spend $7.50 over five days it causes you to think about resources and food and, and our connect tugs food. >> reporter: think you are ready for the challenge. here are a few of the rules -- you can't accept handouts from friend or snack from a stocked
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pantry. you can drink tap water as much as you would like. the charities hope that by limiting their budget, a movement of passionate people will bring to life the experiences of impoverished people and will be able to make a difference in the fight against poverty. yeah, this is one of those incredible stories. that all they're really asking for is -- people get together. and then we'll start, we'll be able to raise awareness what is going on to. have such a big name, ben affleck on there. >> absolutely. >> they're really going to start, making people aware of what is going on. >> more than 20,000 expected to participate in the u.s./uk. >> one of the things you hear "i can do it." $1.50 doesn't get you much. can of kidney beans. >> beans and rice. >> all you can do with $1.50 a day. >> that will be tough. all right. we'll have more news in a little bit.
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this morning on "world news now" -- he's gay. the nba star who until now kept his sexuality a secret. why his admission is making history. >> how it's kind of mind-boggli mind-boggling. i think i talk about that, that you know, i never set out to be the first. >> the sudden worldwide support for jason collins and why he is considered a trail blazer. >> sweeping investigation, fbi agents look for accomplices in the boston bombing case, what they're finding whund is defending the surviving suspect. >> kicked off. the airline passenger who could not stop saying a suspicious word over and over again. why he couldn't stop saying it and why agents declared him a risk. it's tuesday, april 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez.
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good toduesday morning. a watershed moment in american sports. an nba player declaring himself to be a gay man. >> jason collins endured years of misery keeping his sexuality a secret. that is now all over. our coverage begins. >> reporter: jason collins the first active player in may jr. team sports to come out. in ape first person account in "sports illustrated" collins wrote, i am a 34-year-old nba center. i am black. and i'm gay. >> can you believe it hasn't happened before you? >> it is kind of mind-boggling. i think i talk about that, that -- you know, i never set out to be the first. and it's -- obviously, you are waiting around for some body else to, you know raise their hand. and you know, i'm ready to raise my hand. but you know you still look around like "okay, come on, guys." >> jackie robinson what he was
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to integration. what billie jean king has been to women's rights. now jason kol lcollins for gay rights. this is not big sports news there, this is big news in our country. >> reporter: collins a respected athlete on six teams over 12 seasons recently played with the washington wizards. made nine playoff appearances. after years of being miserable living a lie, collins is relieved. i didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete in a major american team sport. since i am. i am happy to start the conversation. collins has done just that. receiving an outpouring of support. a call from the white house. and kudos from fellow nba players. >> he has always ben a great guy. always a great teammate. >> i think it is fantastic that, you know, he is -- heap is taki a positive influential role as a spokesperson in many respects. >> whatever decision he makes, something that he really thought was good for him you. know as long as he is happy it is cool. >> reporter: collins is now a
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free agent and looks to continue his nba career. >> in addition to nba players, you heard from there, kobe bryant of the lakers tweet sad port saying he is proud of collins and don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others. at harvard west lake, private high school in l.a. where collins attended there was more support right from the top. >> i think he is a leader in this. i admire him. i got an e-mail from him a little while ago saying he had been overwhelmed by support he received off to day. and i, i -- think it is wonderful. >> to have somebody currently playing come out and come out as publicly as jason has done, really does change the way people think about the stereotypes associated with our community. >> last night on twitter, collins called the support he is receiving truly inspirational. much more on the story later in this half-hour with old friends sports radio personality jason page. and our coverage of the jason
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collins' story does not end there. get reaction from the white house and beyond later this half-hour and more of our exclusive interview with collins on "good morning america." >> the latest on the boston bombing case. we learned veteran defense lawyer, judy clark is joining the team, representing dzhokhar tsarnaev, successful lawyer saved the unabomber, and other notorious criminals from the death penalty. brian ross has the latest on the investigation. >> give me a kiss. >> reporter: only a few months ago that dzhokhar tsarnaev posted hithis video on line. the 19-year-old is outside boston confined by himself to a tiny cell. a taste of what awaits him if convicted of the marathon bombings. he doesn't have a life. period. his total existence is going to be locked down. >> reporter: meantime, fbi agents are widening their net and looking for possible accomplices of the two brothers in the bombing. >> some may have been involved
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in helping build the bonds. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: fbi agents press catherine russell, the widow of elder brother tamerlan about her knowledge of her husband's activities. agents left her house carrying evidence bags. and she was seen leaving with her attorneys who said she did not know about the bomb plot. [ explosion ] and the investigative threats continue to stretch into russia. at the same time, tamerlan traveled there last year, two key young leaders of a violent islamic group were killed by russian forces one of them was a canadian, who like tamerlan had been a professional boxer before a radical jihadist. tamerlan left russia two days after the canadian boxer was killed. and the fbi wants to know if he helped recruit and train tamerlan while he was there. >> want to learn how to build a bomb. chechnya is one of best to learn to do it. >> reporter: as the net widens, the fbi has almost a dozen
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individuals in russia and here in the u.s. who currently consider persons of interest. government officials told that investigators have discovered female dna on fragments of one of the bombs. it is unclear whether from a victim or some one who handled the parts innocently or as co-conspear sore. brian ross, abc news. boeing says a fragment believed from a hijacked 9/11 jetliner part of the wing and landing gear as previously thought. the part found last week wedged between two buildings not far from world trade center. investigators are planning to sift the soil around the plane part, later on today to search for human remains. >> mechanical problems with air force ii left the vice president's plane on the tarmac in arizona. according to some reports, the pilot and pilot, when the jet landed, activated reverse thrusters. the jet remains at the airport in flagstaff. the vice president was never in any danger.
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>> president obama signing legislation today e. officially sending all faa air traffic controllers back to work. the bill end the furloughs that caused thousands of delays. and allows the faa to shift $250 million from accounts to cover expenses of keeping controllers on the job. congress acted on the measure because mem members were inconvenienced by the delays. new guidelines in the bat al gainst aids. government backed panel of medical experts calling on everyone from 15 to 65 to be test ford hiv even if they're not at high risk. u.s. preventative service task force wants all pregnant women tested and thosen labor. guidelines based on research that shows hiv infections are best managed when treated early. >> fda launching an investigation into caffeinated food. the federal study begins as ridley puts a caffeinated gum on the market this week. researchers want to know about caffeine's impact on children and adolescents.
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the last time the fda approved adding caffeine to food or drink was in the 1950s when it was introduced to colas. ha. talking incredible amount of caffeine. think about it. one stick of the wrigley gum, equivalent to a cup of coffee. >> imagine. pop five, bouncing off the walls. >> half a cup of coffee. i apologize. >> wouldn't mind. don't have a chance to get coffee. pop a stick of gum. need a pop. >> problem is the kids getting their hand on something like this. always the problem. an energy drink or gum, or anything that you are adding caffeine to. that's the biggest problem. when you put it in front of a child and they start using it. then tip is when you worry. >> yes. read, i think i will lose my voice. >> it was the latin night on abc's "dancing with the stars." that means there was plenty of spicy movement on the dance floor. kelly pickler and derek hough came out on top thanks to what one judge called a crisp, clean,
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hot, spicy samba. oh, boy, oh, boy.ave immunity. they cannot be eliminated to night. >> at the other end of the spectrum. we are seeing sean low of bachelor fame, struggled with the rumba. last night. right now. andy dick. in last place. one judge told him his rumba was more erratic than erotic. someone will be booted to from the ballroom tonight. more e ratic than erotic. >> andy dick, the one person, is it this week? maybe not. maybe this week. he has hung on. >> here is why i like him. he gives hope to everybody who is not a natural talented dancer. you know if you really work hard you can sort of hang a little bit. >> sure you are not on the panel of judges. >> talking about myself. the guy gets a lot out of the little talent he has. >> scragly coyote hanging on by a thread. i think he knows. who gets to wear the world's biggest designer sneaker? >> airline passenger who could
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♪ willing to fly ♪ but i ain't got wings our next story is about a young man who suffers from turettes syndrome, and banned from a flight for two years. >> the pilot refused to let him on the plane, he couldn't stop saying the word bomb. david kerley explains what happened. >> reporter: when michael doyle arrived for his flight to puerto rico. he was worried about what he was going to say. >> i was telling myself in my head, don't say bomb. when you try to suppress tourette's. it comes out worse. >> reporter: it did. those who can't control verbal ticks. through security, at the gate, michael who watched all the coverage of boston bombings, blurted out what can be a frightening word these days. >> i probably said, bomb, bomb, about -- 100 times in that
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terminal. and through tsa. >> reporter: traveling with friend to an 18th century battle re-ena re-enactme re-enactment. doyle planned ahead. carrying medical documentation. it got him through security. the jetblue pilot heard doyle say bomb, and reap fufused to a him on the flight. his friend stayed with him. >> it is frustrating. two hours sitting there. two years planning. doesn't happen. >> reporter: frustrating and sign of the times. >> tensions are high. worried. nervous. they know there have been terrorist attacks. at the end of the day the pilot and command has the ultimate decision who gets on the airplane who doesn't. >> reporter: jetblue says after further investigation the situation was deemed innocuous and offered doyle a round-trip ticket. but no guarantee that he will be able to actually board a future flight. >> it does not make me want to fly at all. >> reporter: doyle and his
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friend missed flight. missed the re-enactment. this case undoubtedly will start a debate within the aviation community over the next couple weeks how to deal with these kinds of cases. david kerley, abc news, washington national airport. >> incredibly difficult story. because you feel bad for the guy. but you have to feel for everybody on the plane who is tense. certainly don't want to hear that. >> right. he had documentation. the argument is he was proving to everyone that he has this disorder. but pept that he was proving it to, was really just the people in charge of the plane. you would have to show that to everyone on board if i were a passenger so i would feel comfortable. >> that is a good point. all right. we will be
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>> turning to our top story. the nba's jason collins the first man in a major league sport to admit he is openly gay while still actively playing. his announcement in a "sports illustrated" article has drawn support from a cross section of america including the white house. >> president obama reached out by phone and the first lady tweeted, so proud of you jason collins. this is a huge step for our country. we've got your back. >> collins' tweet, i knew i was choosing the road less traveled but not talking it alone. we go to radio host, jason page. thank you for joining us. >> absolutely. >> a landmark decision. on one hand also surprising it took this long. what it your reaction, give perspective on this? >> i don't know if it is surprising it took so long as much as the guy that decided to break the barrier. all of us were predicting it needed to be a star player. needed to be a guy relatively young. but a guy that had cache, to survive the potential backlash. it is instead the exact opposite
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what you expected. a fringe player. may play seven to ten minutes a night. a free agent. i mean you couldn't have drawn it up differently than i think a lot of the people i had been talking to behind the scenes were predicting this would play out. jason collins is the last guy you would have expected. throw another thing in there. for years being an openly game sportscaster and you heard name rumored. one you never heard was jason collins. >> two part question. how do you think it is going to affect his future as a player? secondly, we saw all of stat part that not everybody has been supportive about this. >> very true. he is a fringe player. that's the problem. if he doesn't get signed by a team, well, jason collins didn't get signed because he is open leap gay. i don't think that is fair. a guy at this stage of his career. a little up in years. i know he is in great shape. working out. running through the hills of california. still a guy right now that is going to have to try to find his
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spot. still there is guys in the league playing until they're 40. the new york knicks have a couple. jason collins can play in the league. i think he will. there has been backlash already. espn basketball analyst, reporter, chris broussard made some very interesting comments today. >> if you are openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexual couples, that is walking in open rebellion to god. wow. let's talk about that. do you think he is out there on a limb, nba, players, a fair segment that share his opinions? >> yes. there is a fair segment. i don't think it is enough that it will stop any body from signing jason collins. if jason collins isn't in the league, it's because he isn't viewed being good enough to play. that's kind of the gist of what i would say right now. >> don a day-to-day basis, going
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in the showers, locker room. the whole thing. do you think it will change the way his peers treat him? >> i don't think so. look, i have been in locker rooms. everybody looks at everybody. they do. everybody looks at everybody. for, for that fact. and i don't think it is that big a deal end of the day. but, look, it is going to be very interesting to see once we get into training camps, all of that. he is a fringe player. not as if the media can run up and say, what is it like you can only do that a couple days. to me, this is a story that will go through the off-season. see who he gets picked up by. i do think he will get picked up by somebody. and then see a couple days of questions about it. then you move on. next question becomes who is the next player? >> ah, the million dollar question. we are all waiting for the answer. jason page, radio host. thank you for joining us. >> beep sure to tune in to "good morning america" later this morning. >> jason collins and an exclusive interview with george
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welcome back, everyone. welcome to "the mix." we'll got to something that i think is absolutely adorable. i love the animal stories. not everybody does. this one is about, enormous shoe that nike created for an elephant. >> elephant shoe. >> an elephant shoe. we have it, there is a picture of it. see it is quite stylish. it's got like remnants of the swooshes on the side. the pink. it's got the shoelaces. nice sole. designed to fit the appearance of an elephant. this was a female elephant, bendula, developing arthritis, one leg was shorter than the other one. and nike developed chute for her. she could balance herself out and not be in pain. >> pretty cool. >> kind of cool. >> of make it pink.
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if it is a lady hae shoe. a -- if it is a lady's shoe. >> what i love about nike, they added the swoosh. it is tattered, torn, when it was given to the elephant, how long ago. also out in the wild with this thing. >> pink thing. the swoosh. >> the remnants of swooshes. >> all right, now this is interesting. drinking alcohol regularly could lower your risk of arthritis. new study from britain. alcohol, protective effect against rheumatoid are tare -- arthritis. a mild pain killing effect. anti-inflammatory. pain killing seems obvious. >> yeah. tear bum. every time there is an accident. a drunk driver, they walk away unscathed. it really its. they bounce around. >> they say moderate amount, few drinks actually can loper. >> here and there. >> more studies need to be done. >> depend on the day of the week.
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alcohol is either good for bad for you. keep watching, maybe later we'll tell you the opposite. >> it's all bad. >> this story, very, very good development a parentally, in saudi arabia they have developed a psa, public service announcement for domestic violence. >> really? all women are still under male guardianship, not allowed to drive. this is quite a powerful ad. we have a picture of whuflt it looks like. the next underneath it. if you look, this wearing is what most would call. and it is exposing one eye which is a blackbvio obviously, a woman. some things can't be covered. fighting women's abuse together. >> why is the text so small? >> trael interesting. put together by a foundation. hoping to stop the abuse and bring it to light. >> it is for a
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this morning on "world news now" -- new clues in the boston bombing investigation from new dna evidence to sweeping searches for accomplices who may have helped the suspects. >> scoring support, the nba star who was tired of keeping his sexuality a secret. why jason collins felt compelled now to tell the world he's gay. what fans and players are saying. >> tough questions for the american student accused of murder in italy. amanda knox and her interview with diane sawyer. what haunted her most during that legal fight? >> facing challenges, what forced sexy hollywood a-lister, catherine zeta jones to check into a treatment center. and why it is not the first time. that's coming up in "the skinny." on this tuesday, april 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> we begin this half-hour with the boston bombing
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investigation. dzhokhar tsarnaev is getting high powered legal help. >> his legal team will now include prominent attorney judy clark who kept the knee torous unabomber off death row. abc's tahman bradley is following the developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. investigators are focusing in on the suspect's training. bottom line is they think the two brothers had help. the investigation is continuing in both boston and russia. this new video shows the surviving boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev teasing his niece. the first time we are hearing his voice. >> give me a kiss. >> okay. >> no, give me a kiss. that a girl. now get out. >> reporter: that playful young man now sits in a solitary 100 square foot cell in the devons federal medical center facing possible death sentence on terrorism charges. abc news learned authorities are widening their net and looking for possible accomplices. now, almost a dozen people are
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considered persons of interest. persons familiar with the probe say investigators discovered female dna on one of the bombs and it is unclear whether it came from a victim, someone who handled components of the bomb before it was put together or co-conspirator. >> some may have been involved in helping build the bombs. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: the fbi is probing the mother of the accused brothers. authorities say her phone calls with tamerlan were recorded by russian intelligence and one conversation she allegedly discussed jihad with him and she again denied her family is involved in terrorism. >> i am listening to you, they did not do it, and you again ask me! >> reporter: fbi agents interviewed catherine russell at her rhode island residence to find out what she knew about her husband's activities. while agents left her house carrying evidence bags she was seen leaving with her attorney who told abc news, russell did not know about the bomb plot. john. diana. >> thanks to tahman. the judge in the case against george zimmerman considers
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several major decisions in court today. those decisions could face the future of zimmerman's legal battles. zimmerman is accused of killing unarmed teenager trayvon martin. at issue is florida's stand your ground law which would absolve zimmerman of any criminal wrongdoing. the trial is set for early june. >> testimony begins in los angeles today in the michael jackson wrongful death trial. attorneys for the jackson family say concert promoter aeg should be held liable for hiring dr. conrad murray. convicted of giving jackson propofol. witnesses, jackson's children, diana ross, quincy jones, prince, and his former attorney. >> i am on the plaintiff's witness list. i am here because the defense, aeg is threatening to bring in evidence that michael jackson was charged with child molestation. i was his defense lawyer in his criminal trial he was exonerated of every charge. >> in opening statements, aeg's attorney promised to reveal some ugly stuff about jackson. the jackson's attorneys say that
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e-mails show that aeg ignored red flags. to make sure the show was not canceled. nba center jason collins is calling support he is receiving since coming out as a gay person truly inspirational. collins came forward in a "sports illustrated" article making him the first active player in a major u.s. team to disclose his homosexuality. abc's dan harris has the details. >> reporter: all those shop-worn stereotypes about gay men, jason collins demolishes them, a 7 foot, 255 pound, trash talking bruiser who played on six teams over 12 years in the nba making it to the playoffs nine times. collins made history in "sports illustrated" with these 12 words. i am a 34-year-old nba center. i'm black. and i'm gay. can you believe it hasn't happened before you? >> it's kind of mind-boggling. i've think i talk about that, that -- you know, i never set out to be the first.
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and it's -- obviously you are waiting around for somebody else to raise their hand. and i'm ready to raise my hand. but you still look around like, okay. come on, guys. >> jackie robinson what he was to integration, what billie jean king has been to women's nights. king has been to women any rights. now jason collins for gay rights. i think this is not just big sports news. this is big news in our country. >> reporter: collins had been hiding his sexuality for years. quote, when i was younger i dated women. i even got engaged. i thought i had to live a certain way. i kept telling myself the sky was red. but i always knew it was blue. his one small secret gesture of solidarity with the lgbt community, wearing the unusually high number 98. a reference to another watershed moment, 1998, the year a young gay man named matthew shepherd was kidnapped and murdered in wyoming. collins says he knew he had to come out when after his college
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roommate, massachusetts congressman, joe kennedy told him he marched in boston's gay pride parade. he felt jealous and ashamed. i want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. i want to take a stand and say "me too." reaction from around the league was swift and mostly supportive. with collins, twin brother, a former nba player tweeting, very proud of you. >> he has always been a great guy. he's always been ape great teammate. he is no different than anybody else. >> jason collins reacting, i knew i was choosing the road less traveled but i am not walking it alone. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> incredible amount of support has been thrown behind him already. his own coach tweeting, a pretty long quote, he said, we are extremely proud of jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly. he has been a leader on and off the court. an outstanding teammate throughout his nba career. the qualities will continue to serve him as player and positive role model for others of all sexual orientation. >> nike, important, advertiser, money at stake.
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we admire, jason's statement, and proud he is a nike athlete. nike believes in a level playing field where an athlete's sexual orientation is not a consideration. >> that is the bottom line. >> kobe bryant, arguably best player in basketball, tweeted positive things as well. certainly getting plenty of support. >> i think so, a little flak, getting some push back. really experts are saying they don't think this will affect his future in the nba and being picked up as free agent at all. >> yeah. i agree with that. now to a special meeting at the white house hosted by president obama. remember this from university of nebraska spring football game. 7-year-old jack hoffman, running in a touchdown. i remember that. he was celebrated in the end zone by the huskers. he is battling brain cancer. yesterday he met the president in the oval office where he received an autographed football and spoke with one of abc's own huskers correspondent jeff cellini. what was it like being in the white house? it was almost like beak the
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president. >> almost like being the president. >> barely. >> how funny. mr. obama spent 15 minutes meeting with jack, parents and sisters. jack's dad simply called it a great visit. a great kid. >> what a cutie pie. all right. here is a look at your tuesday forecast now. rain, mountain snow in the north west. another warm day in the southwest. stormy with hail and dangerous winds around green bay. des moines, kansas city, omaha. sprinkle in the northeast. scattered showers and thunderstorms from d.c. into the gulf coast. >> 80s from dallas to miami. >> 60s in the north east. 80, chicago, kansas city. 50s in the pacific northwest. >> british tycoon richard branson says his dream of sending people into space is a bit closer to reality because of the so-called space ship ii has made its very first engine powered flight. >> ooh. it broke away from the belly of the escort plane and blasted towards space. it didn't actually get there which was by design of course. branson said the whole thing could not have gone more smoothly. after a few more test flights, a longer duration of course, branson said it should be ready
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to take passengers into space later this year. >> that is pretty cool you. hear talk about it. talk is talk. you can see the thing in the air. wow, someday, not so far in the future. a reality. >> right. apparently space ship ii you saw hit mach 1.2 yesterday. that's just over 913 miles in case you want to do the math. pretty fast. you know? who knows how much it takes to get into space. sure they're getting close. >> would you spend money to go to space? something you would want to do? >> you know, no. short answer. i don't know why. just kind of not interested. >> not that it wouldn't be cool. to spend a lot of money. yeah. i agree. >> there is no sight seeing. rather go to hawaii than outer space. >> no sightseeing. no beach in outer space. can't get a tan. >> no pina coladas. >> coaching football's lingerie league, a football player considers an offer. >> angry moves at the end of the
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american college student amanda knox spent four years in italian prison for the murder of her roommate being freed on appeal.
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>> during that time the media portrayed her as a murderer or victim. as her book hits store shelves today, knox is emerging from the headlines as she told abc's diane sawyer. >> a medieval college in town in italy, two young women arrive for a year abroad. seeking new horizons. meredith kercher and amanda knox. six weeks later, one of them comes home in a coffin. the other will become a global obsession, headline after headline. labeling her a sexual thrill seeker, seductress, she-devil with an angel face, sphinx of perugia. >> i haven't heard those. i have heard the gist of them.
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and they're wrong. >> i was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil. i mean, it's, it's one thing to be called certain things in the media. another thing to be sitting in a courtroom, fighting for your life, while people are calling you a devil. for all intents and purposes, i was a murderer. whether i was or not. and i had to live with the idea that that would be m >> reporter: she says everything she had ever posted online, every boyfriend in her life would come back to haunt her. what is the first thing you want people to know about you? >> i want the truth to come out. i would like to be reconsidered as a person. what happened to me was surreal. but it could have happened to anyone. >> reporter: so what is the truth? what happened the night that meredith kercher died? amanda knox at times open, guarded, angry, in tears, says she is ready to speak and waiting to be heard.
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>> you can see diane's entire interview with amanda knox tonight. >> special edition of "20/20" begins at 10:00, 9:00 eastern. coming up, the lingerie football league wants to hire a former new york jet. >> you used to be in lingerie league? didn't you? >> of course, i was, >> that's how i got to this job. >> a celebrity who says she is losing a lot of weight with a hula hoop.
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♪ skinny so skinny it is time for "the skinny." let's talk about tim tebow or "teboo," as you refer to him when not on the tv. let go by the jets. >> got the boot. >> got the boot. >> has to trade in his new york jets jersey. >> not such a bad thing. >> hard thing if you ask me. he has been offered a potential sexy lace jersey in the near future. the legends football league, not familiar with legend football league, used to be called lingerie football league. offered tebow, former jets' qb, a coaching gig. there you go. not clear, what exactly tebow would do as quarterback's coach in the lfl, not clear how much money they offered him. think they have gotten their 15 minutes of publicity tying their name to tebow.
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i can go out on a limb, tebow, classy, god fearing man he is is probably not going to wind up in the league. he is worth a lot of money on madison avenue, doing product endorsements he can do other things. >> he can sit out. not play. be okay. people will ask him to put his name on anything. i am sure. moving on. this is a little sad, catherine zeta jones checking into a treatment center, bipolar disorder. she has been suffering with this for years. the second time reportedly checked herself into a facility. according to tmz, a 30-day program. 43-year-old academy award winning actress here. not usually the face of bipolar disorder, if you think about it. not what you would expect. she suffers from bipolar ii. which essentially, bipolar, lots of highs, lots of lows. bipolar, ii, lows are low and long. her representative is saying she is just being proactive. she said in the past she does
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want to keep an eye on her health. she wants to make sure she does that in the best way. she is checking in, according to her representative, kind of as a proactive precautionary way. >> good luck to her. >> yes. have you heard of hoopnotica. >> i have not. >> i didn't know about it until today. apparent ly the latest craze for weight loss. kelly osbourne says she lost 70 pounds by hoola-hooping. essentially. a device similar to a hula-hoop. using it every day -- made her back, stronger, waist has gone down 2 inches. no arguing with the pictures. right? >> she looks incredible. >> big in hollywood. we were, hula-hooping here on the set. a month ago. i was out of breath. really, really fast. >> and in the commercial break you told me you have taken it on as a hobby and do it every day. >> is that what i said? i don't remember saying that. okay. >> you said that. here we go. martha stewart, yesterday told you martha stewart was thinking of joining match.com.
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using her own name. well, now we are getting word that she is joining match.com, but she is doing it under an alias, probably smartest thing you could do. by the way, the headline for me, martha stewart is 71 years old. >> she does look great. >> she really does. she is a mature woman. >> hasn't aged a day. >> she looks a day over -- >> can you imagine getting a coffee and it's martha stewart. wow. >> hard to meet people that way. even the chief executive of match.com, warns her, she's, you know, don't really think you are going to get a soul mate coming on to our website. i know people who do find their soul mates on match.com. maybe for mega celebrities like martha stewart going to look a meeting for coffee and walking in. it's martha stewart. >> so hard getting past. >> martha stewart. don't know what you are running into. it is martha stewart. like when you went on your first date with annabelle, she was like -- who this guy?
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>> it's john muller. not at all. matter of fact. not at all. >> we'll be right back. annabelle, who this guy? >> it's john muller. nó'jall. >> we'll be right back.
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♪ ain't no mountain hh ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ nothing can keep me from you >> this is a strange one. clash of cultures at the top of the world. almost cost the lives of european adventurers. >> they were making the treacherous climb to the summit of mt. everest when they were set upon by nearly 100 sherpa guides. here's abc's john donvan with more. >> reporter: for 60 years it has been a peak place for firsts, first man to reach the summit. first woman. first american. and now, this weekend, first big ugly brawl up there.
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somewhere at roughly 4 1/2 miles up in the sky. three climbers were beaten up they say by a group of sherpas, the mount nearing -- mountaineering masters from the area who specialize in guiding climbers safely up and back again. countless history making times. the three europeans are seasoned climbers and have been sending back videos like these. >> welcome. >> reporter: now says one it is a miracle we are still alive, after what was a misunderstanding involving a sherpa who thought they were ignoring instructions to stay away from ropes he was laying. then they say 100 sherpas attacked them. in an interview afterwards. >> one tried to use a pocketknife to hit him, luckily he just hit the belt off the backpack. nothing happened. >> reporter: the sherpa side of the story yet to be heard. it is not clear what tensions
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enflamed the melee saturday. bruised and cut they're deciding whether to call off their climb on an everest where it is supposed to be the mountain dangerous not the fights you get into along the way. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> so there is an update to the story. apparently they have not been given a choice whether or not they will finish their climb. they have been forced to abandon their attempts to reach the summit. apparently they ended up running for their lives through a treacherous glacier to escape an -- what they're calling an out of control mob. it usually takes a full day's walk to get through this glacier. >> yep. of course. >> 2 1/2 hours. running for their lives. >> running for their lives top of the world. >> this is ice. >> check you out. >> for this story, guys. >> get some clothes, diana. cold at the top of everest. my goodness. >> it's fun. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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this morning, making history. >> new reaction overnight to that barrier breaking announcement, the nba's jason collins saying he's gay as he gives his first interview to george stephanopoulos. it's an abc news exclusive. did the boston bombers have help? new revelations about one of the devices that had a woman's dna on it. her story, amanda knox's book available today as she tells her tale of those years in prison. of being branded a murderer to diane sawyer. and joyride. a dad gives his 9-year-old the keys to his ferrari. fun times until the police come knocking. good tuesday morning, everybody. we begin with something of a new day for american professional sports and it's all because of an nba center named jason

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